Sir, – I read with consternation “Six new MKs to renounce foreign
citizenships” (January 27).
Setting themselves as candidates to be
legislators who work to nurture the democratic and Jewish State of Israel, these
people stood on the street corners of Tel Aviv and Beit El and preached Zion, a
place of biblical ideals. They should have the conviction that Israeli
citizenship is a treasure to be guarded.
Any citizenship requires
responsibility and devotion to a country. It involves paying taxes, volunteering
in times of disaster and serving in the armed forces.
What will a dual
citizen do when his second country is at war and calls its citizens to the flag?
Dual citizenship involves both external and self-deceit. Israeli citizenship is
a sacred treasure because it is a fulfillment of being a complete Jew. Holding
an Israeli passport in order to visit countries not honoring the Israeli
passport or as an escape door in case of problems in Israel is not an honorable
Ramat Gan Proud first-timer
Sir, – I wasn’t
going to bother to vote. I am 77. Part of my head is still in the States and the
other part did not understand (or want to understand) the election process
My two grandsons called.
“Grandma, get out of your pajamas
and get dressed, we’re taking you to vote, we’ll pick you up in 10 minutes!” On
the way to the polling place, Yaneev and Ariel explained all who were running
for office and what they stood for.
Outside my grandson signed a paper to
request that his organs be donated in case of his death; the older one told me
he already was a donor. I was stunned and proud. Both walked me in and told the
volunteer I might need help reading the Hebrew, but I was thrilled that I was
able to read without help.
The next day in The Jerusalem Post I read that
the man I voted for won. Maybe my one vote did count! GLORIA POLACK
Sir, – I was astounded to read of a British MP’s views as to how
Israel treats with violence the Palestinians on a daily basis (“British MP
compares Israeli policies to Holocaust in memorial day reflection,” January
David Ward needs to know how Israelis are helping Palestinian
children in Gaza with hearing and eye disabilities. Also, there are Palestinian
children in Israeli hospitals receiving chemotherapy.
I would like this
MP to give an account of the so-called persecution he says is being inflicted on
Palestinians. His comments are offensive, to say the least, and perhaps the very
least he could do to save his name and reputation is admit that he got it
terribly wrong.MICHAEL PLASKOW
Sir, – You report that MP David
Ward represents the Bradford East constituency. It is noteworthy that the
notorious anti- Zionist MP George Galloway represents a neighboring
A high proportion of the Bradford population is Muslim and
it would appear that these two MPs echo the views concerning Israel and its
policies that a significant number of their constituents hold. Presumably, they
feel obligated to do so in order to ensure they keep their parliamentary
This is hardly a recommendation for constituency representation,
which so many of your readers prefer to our system of proportional
representation, and where members of parliament are prepared to descend to such
depths in order to ensure their political futures.ALBERT JACOB
Obama’s true policy
Sir, – Thanks go to Hilary Leila Kreiger for bringing us
excerpts on Iran from Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation hearings to be the next US
secretary of state (“Kerry wants to hit ground running on Israeli-Palestinian
peace talks,” January 25).
President Barack Obama’s policy on Iran
becomes more and more suspect as his nominations for high office advance. At his
hearings, Kerry repeated the veiled mantra on Iran of Leon Panetta, Hillary
Clinton and Obama himself.
Obama’s next nomination, that of former
senator Chuck Hagel, fully unveils the president’s true policy – not to stop the
evil Iranian regime from achieving nuclear weapons capability. In this, the
three are in sync in planning to fall back on deterrence by default if sanctions
don’t work, without the American people even realizing it.
nomination will pass, but there is still a last-ditch chance to stop Hagel in
the confirmation hearings and, if not stop his nomination, then at least reveal
it for the would-be deception it really is.
Hagel should be met with hard
senatorial questions that ask about his stands on sanctions; the US military
option; deterrence; the manifest evil of certain regimes (Iran, North Korea);
stopping the ayatollahs from achieving any capability of producing nuclear
weapons, and not just preventing actual production; red lines in negotiations;
and, finally, the Israeli military option.
Unfortunately, questions about
Hagel’s past disparaging pronouncements on Israel – and his soothing answers –
will deflect attention away from the Iranian threat to the world.
on Kerry, Hagel, Obama and Iran is the order of the day.AARON BRAUNSTEIN
Jerusalem The writer is a retired US foreign service officer Stuck in reverse
Sir, – Diana Atallah (“Lost in politics: Palestinians face difficulties finding
their way,” January 24) describes the difficulty of navigating the West Bank due
to shoddy roads and non-existent road signs – a traffic system so bad that most
Palestinians have given up on trying to drive between towns.
occupying power does not seem perturbed by the transportation problems faced by
Palestinians. Yet the previous occupying power – Britain – planned road schemes,
established a public works department to implement those schemes, had signs
installed to even the tiniest of villages (hence the quaint Qs still found on
some signs today), and established an Ordinance Survey Department that drew up
maps to scale, similar to those used in England.
authorities initiated traffic regulations and brought over remarkable town
planners, all in their unshaken belief that the British way was superior and
that it was the role of the Colonial Office to spread British civilization.
While this provoked hostility from Jews and Arabs alike, they carried on with
these projects to the last day of the Mandate.MIRIAM SHIMONI
Late to the party
Sir, – Lisa Palmieri-Billig (“Libyan Jewish leader barred from
attending Tripoli conference,” January 20) writes: “Gaddafi expelled Libya’s
38,000 Jews in 1968 and confiscated their assets.”
Gaddafi came to power
only in 1969 and thus could not have been responsible for the Libyan Jews’
expulsion. The following is a more accurate account, as it appears in Wikipedia:
After the Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Libyan Jews were
once again the target of anti-Jewish riots. During these attacks, rioters killed
18 people and more were injured. Leaders of the Jewish community then asked King
Idris I to allow the entire Jewish population to “temporarily” leave the
country; he consented, even urging them to leave. Through an airlift and the aid
of several ships, the Italian Navy helped evacuate more than 6,000 Jews to Rome
in one month. The evacuees were forced to leave their homes, their businesses
and most of their possessions behind.
It was these assets that were
indeed confiscated under Gaddafi’s rule.DAVID WILK